It Was Inevitable: I am Leaving Lightroom for Capture One Pro


My wife enjoys sunrise high up in the mountains – SAVE 10% on C1 using code OCT-AF-P89 – valid in October only

Leaving Lightroom

It was inevitable, because:

  • I use Lightroom standalone
  • Adobe now offers only subscription model
  • Newer cameras are not supported on LR standalone
  • I don’t want to join a subscription model

So I had to look for alternatives, and although my lovely Fujifilm X-E3 is still supported in Lightroom standalone, I figured out that, since I am going to leave Lightroom anyway at some point, I better do it now.

Luckily we live in times, where there are a lot of valuable alternatives, such as:

And after a summer spent at home hiking my mountains (you can see my wife and me caching sunrise at 8,200 feet here) and editing pictures with a mix of different software, I decided to make Capture One Pro my main software of choice.

I will leave Lightroom, use Capture One Pro 12, but always keep an eye also on Luminar 4, Picktorial and ON1 Photo RAW…. but especially on Luminar 4.

And yes… X-Trans files and Capture One do get along very well :).

The learning curve?

Well, that actually went faster than I’d have expected, as Capture One is just a very good software overall, but there are also lots of quick tip C1 youtube videos you can check out for help.

We have shared Capture One tutorials and quick tips already in past roundups:

  • read here – Migrating from LIGHTROOM to CAPTURE ONE Free Video Tutorials Online
  • read here – Capture One Pro Workflow Tips and Tricks
  • read here – Capture One for Fujifilm: Tips and Tricks, Quick Guides, C1 vs Lightroom and Luminar
  • read here – Capture One Pro 12: Sharpening Fujifilm Files, New Features Overview, Jonas Rask Capture One 12 Coverage and More
  • read here – TESTED: Capture One Pro 12 Improved Fujifilm X Trans Support
  • read here – Best RAW Converters for FUJIFILM Files in 2019, Why Capture One is Better than Lightroom (Sometimes) and More Comparisons

And today, down below, you’ll see a few more of them.

Farewell Adobe… I am out… and just a recommendation: treat your customers better than this ;).

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Fujifilm X-H2 Mockup – Ideas to Set it Apart from Fujifilm X-T4


Fujifilm X-H2

Fujifilm hinted it already: both lines, the X-H and X-T, will continue to exist in future.

There is just one thing Fujifilm needs to figure out: how to differentiate them enough!

An idea comes from FR-reader Brad, who made a Fujifilm X-H2 mockup for us. Here is what he wrote to me:

  • Video centric X-A7 16:9 fully articulating screen (I’m ok with the current double-tilt too, but 16:9 would be nice).
  • If Fuji wants each of their camera lines to have a unique voice, then the X-H2 would have less photography controls and more video. So I removed the mode dial and added the Nikon Z6 video switch. This wouldn’t work as cleanly as on the Z6, since manual controls exist up top. It’s not like they’re going to add tiny motors to the dials, but this is for dreaming.
  • Replaced AF/AE-L with AF-ON, because that’s the only one I use.
  • I hate the Fuji joystick, so I used the Z6’s

So what do you think about it? Comments and additional ideas are welcome.

Thanks Brad, and check him out at and b.e.wooten Instagram (NSFW).

X-H3 version with Nikon Z50 alike on screen touch buttons


Fujinon XF 16-80mmF4 R OIS WR Firmware 1.01 Released


Fujifilm has just released firmware 1.01 for Fujinon XF16-80mm F4 OIS WR.

The firmware update Ver.1.01 from Ver.1.00 incorporates the following issue:

  • 1. Fix of slight defects.

You can download firmare 1.01 here.

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Photography, Mockery, Falsification of Reality, and Does it Really Matter?


Thomas Bernhard – one of most influential authors of the last century

Photography – a Monstrous Falsification?

There is a book I love, and it’s probably one of the best books ever written in the last century: Extinction, by Thomas Bernhard (original Title: “Auslöschung“)

The book has nothing to do with photography, but in one short passage, the protagonist of the story stumbles on a picture of his parents, that he thinks does not represent, who they really were, and that triggers him to one of the many rants you can read in the book.

Every photograph—whoever took it, whoever is pictured in it—is a gross violation of human dignity, a monstrous falsification of nature, a base insult to humanity. […] Photography is the greatest mockery in the world, the ultimate mockery of the world.

Now, let’s skip Bernhard’s stroke of genius, where, if you read carefully, he basically flips the whole point around, in reality accusing the hypocritical nature of the society he lives in, and hence, photography, by being a “monstrous falsification“, is nothing but a accurate mirror image of the many hypocrisies, falsehoods and contradictions of modern world.

But we’ll talk about it when we meet for a beer one day. I just strongly recommend you the book, and as The Wall Street Journal writes:

Not every raving maniac is a genius. Many are called but few are chosen. It’s a pretty exclusive club, but Bernhard made it. . . . Like Swift, Bernhard writes like a sacred monster. . . . He is a remarkable literary performer: a man who goes to extremes in ways that vivify our sense of human possibilities, however destructive.

  • AmazonUS – Extinction, by Thomas Bernhard
  • AmazonDE – Auslöschung, von Thomas Bernhard

I just start with Thomas Bernhard, because of Luminar 4! (yeah, I know, my mind can take strange ways sometimes).

More precisely, your comments about the fake sky replacement.

Some of you think it’s cool, and some think it’s a “monstrous falsification” of reality.

I did stay out of this discussion so far, but now I’d like to say a few words.

If we think back at Thomas Bernhard, the risk of falsification is intrinsic to the art of photography. And maybe, until a certain degree, also inevitable. So what’s the problem of replacing the sky? Is it any different than removing a little mole from a face of a model? Aren’t both falsifications of reality?

Or isn’t removing a mole even worse, since that’s a permanent condition of a person, whereas the sky changes from day to day anyway, so replacing the sky is actually less of a falsification than removing something that won’t ever change?

The point is one, and only one: you are all right!

Those who say they would never replace the sky, since they do not want to keep memories of moments that never happened, and those who decide to combine several real images into one and to make a composite image, just for the sake of creating something beautiful.

It’s one of those topics, where there is no right or wrong. It’s your personal judgment that matters.

The only advice I feel to give is that, if you are going to share a composite image on social media, just add a quick note that this is composite art work. So we can enjoy its beauty, but also know that there is some additional art work behind it.

Sorry for this more philosophical digression. But you know… we are Fujifilm shooters, we don’t just think at specs all the time ;).

And since we speak of Luminar 4, down below, you can see a guy faking the milky way into the sky. And you know what? I am fine with it (as long as I know it’s a composite).